Pakistan to play first day-night Test against West Indies in UAE, PCB confirms

Pakistan on Thursday announced the schedule for their series against West Indies in the UAE beginning next month, including their first day-night Test.

A pink cricket ball used at the Adelaide Oval in Southern Australia for the first day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand on November 26, 2015. Saeed Khan / AFP
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KARACHI // Pakistan on Thursday announced the schedule for their series against West Indies in the UAE beginning next month, including their first day-night Test.

The series, which runs from September 23 to November 3, will include three Tests and as many one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches, the highlight being the day-night Test at Dubai in October.

Australia hosted the first day-night Test at Adelaide against New Zealand last November, with high attendance figures as it drew fans who could watch the match after their working hours.

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The International Cricket Council is attempting to revive waning interest in the five-day game with the day-night innovation, and termed the Adelaide Test a “big success”.

Australia will also host two day-night Tests against South Africa and then Pakistan during their home season, starting in November.

Pakistan’s plans to host the day-night Test were made after they agreed to play Australia. The West Indies Test will give them their first taste of playing an international match with the new pink balls used in the day-night Test last year.

A Pakistan Cricket Board statement said it “will host its first day-night Test match from October 13-17 to be played with the pink ball under lights at the Dubai cricket stadium”.

West Indies will tune up for the day-night Test with a three-day side game in Sharjah, also under lights.

The PCB had offered to host the Twenty20s in Pakistan, but the West Indies refused on security fears.

FIXTURES

1st T20 Sep 23 at Dubai

2nd T20 Sep 24 at Dubai

3rd T20 Sep 27 at Dubai

1st ODI Sep 30 at Sharjah

2nd ODI Oct 2 at Sharjah

3rd ODI Oct 5 at Abu Dhabi

1st Test Oct 13-17 at Dubai

2nd Test Oct 21-15 at Abu Dhabi

3rd Test Oct 30-Nov 3 at Sharjah

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